Category Archives: striped bass

Winter Migration

Three smiling women hold striped bass on a boat

(Nov. 30, 2017 newsletter) — The modus operandi has transitioned to a more sedentary delivery, but success is still predicated on attention to detail. With striped bass willing to bite, and sturgeon now on the prowl, the action is keeping anglers on the their toes in San Pablo Bay.

Even on the sluggish tides, when the bite is expected to be somewhat slower, the bass just keep on coming resulting in a game of catch and release after scoring limits most days.

Friday looks like the day to get out with ideal currents and outstanding weather predicted. The weekend looks good with larger tides to keep the fish active.

The water outside the Gate has been quite cooperative this fall compared to the Victory-At-Sea conditions we encountered in latter 2016. Coastal rockfish tend to be playing hide and seek, but once found the bite has been overall very good most days. The one thing that will shut them down is a large swell.

Crab trap pulling has gone from thrilling catches early in the month, to slim picking. The Argo’s crab window is very likely closed leaving maybe another rockfish trip or two before season’s end December 31. This presents the more placidwaters of the upper bay as our playground until spring halibut make an appearance.

If you’ve read this far into the newsletter, you may find interest in purchasing an Argo Sportfishing holiday gift certificate for the lucky angler in your life. One phone call and it arrives printer-ready to your in-box the same day. The Argo is generally chartered during summer weekends leaving redemption easier on weekdays and non-peak seasons.

Transition Time

(Oct. 24, 2017 newsletter) — Some days it’s a trickle, and other times the faucet is open wide as the 2017 salmon season winds down to the final week. Although everyday brings its own personality the overall action often results in a solid fish per rod with the majority commercial grade quality. The final dayContinue Reading

Transition Time

(March 14, 2017 newsletter) — The transition is just about upon us…After three months of quite successful upper bay sturgeon and striped bass chasing, it’s nearly time to reverse direction. The Argo is certainly not giving up on the upper bay, we’ve found solid action in the past week, but halibut will soon be callingContinue Reading

Sturgeon on the Prowl

(Feb 24, 2017 newsletter) — Looking short-term, the weather guessers are calling for prime atmospheric conditions for the next week or so in San Pablo Bay. Looking long-term, the weather we’ve experienced, although frustrating at times, will pay major dividends for the next few years. Salmon, bass, sturgeon along with a host of other speciesContinue Reading

Aligning Stars!

It’s been nearly 10 years since the atmospheric stars aligned leaving our fishing grounds, San Pablo Bay, as ground zero sturgeon spot number one. Even before the latest round of precip the Argo has hooked sturgeon nearly every trip over the past couple weeks. Now, with a major surge of freshwater pushing through the bayContinue Reading

Happy Holidays!

(Originally published in the 12-22-2016 newsletter) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all – And thank you for supporting Argo Sportfishing! Holiday gift certificates are available through December 24 and then we go back to our regular gift certificates. With visiting family and friends the week between Christmas and New Years tends fill with lastContinue Reading

Winter Wonderland

(Originally published in the 12-8-2016 newsletter) The Argo is now (semi) officially bound for bay waters throughout the winter. There may be an exceptionally pleasant day that draws us under the Gate, but after finding slimming pickings on the crab and unpredictable bottom fish, it’s time concentrate on the shallows of San Pablo Bay. SoContinue Reading

Fall Fashion

In the past few weeks the Argo has been all over the chart. Running along the Marin coast for salmon and rockfish; up the bay for striped bass and halibut, and down bay to battle leopard sharks and other toothy bottom dwellers…Next week we’re heading west to the Farallon Islands. Most interest has been placedContinue Reading

Total Cooperation

The Argo has been very busy chasing a variety of species ranging from sharks in the bay, to salmon well beyond the Golden Gate. Fortunately, almost everything is biting in one form or another and generally eating well enough to keep everyone satisfied. Salmon have remained in a cooperative mood off the Marin coastline forContinue Reading

Take Your Pick

We finally reached that eclectic time of year when nearing anything is possible. Pick your poison and take your chances…Salmon are hanging off the Marin coast in seemingly better that expected numbers. In typical salmon fashion the success rate varies from day to day, but overall the Argo has averaged a fish per rod orContinue Reading